South Korea's Invisible Tower Can 'Disappear' With The Flick Of A Switch
South Korea plans to build the world's first invisible tower, a 1,476-foot building equipped with a "cloaking device" that can be turned on and off to make it practically disappear from the skyline. Tower Infinity will be built near the Incheon International Airport outside of Seoul and will showcase "innovative Korean technology while encouraging a more global narrative in the process," one of the design principals told CNN. When completed, Tower Infinity will be the sixth-tallest tower in the world.
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Tower Infinity will have a system of cameras placed at three different levels on six sides of the building. Three sections of 500 rows of LED screens will display the real-time images from these cameras. The resulting panorama will make the building appear "invisible" by showing people looking at front of the tower what's happening behind it.
While this is a neat visual trick, it's not a new concept (though it's never been done on such a large scale). Last year, Mercedes Benz demonstrated essentially the same thing by placing a camera on one side of the car and LED screens on the other. The car "invisibly" rolled through city streets, stunning bystanders (video below).
The invisible tower will house an entertainment complex with restaurants, a water park, gardens, and the third-highest observation deck in the world. It will also have a 4D theater, which is when 3D movies are shown with added physical effects (that isn't really the fourth dimension, but whatever). The invisible tower was designed by the U.S.-based firm GDS Architects.
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